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Chargers players with the most to prove in preseason opener

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball against wide receiver Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Defensive back Chris Campbell #33 of the Arizona Cardinals recovers a loose ball against wide receiver Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes grabs the ankle of quarterback Easton Stick #12 of the North Dakota State Bisons in the second quarter, on September 17, 2016, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes grabs the ankle of quarterback Easton Stick #12 of the North Dakota State Bisons in the second quarter, on September 17, 2016, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Easton Stick

What the Chargers do with Stick, the team’s fifth-round draft choice will be one of the more interesting questions of this preseason.

Is he the quarterback of the future? It’s certainly possible, but the team needs to know what they have in him as soon as possible since it will likely have to protect him by keeping him on the 53-man roster, even if there is already an accomplished backup quarterback on the roster.

With that said, we should expect to see Stick take a lot of snaps on Thursday night. However, at what point in the game he takes those snaps remains to be seen, as Cardale Jones was listed as the No. 3 quarterback on the first depth chart.

It’s hard to believe that the Chargers still have much belief in Jones, but no one can say the team didn’t do its due diligence with him. Still, Stick should get some action in the fourth quarter, at the very least, and he will be against third and fourth-string defenders when he does.

Will we see Stick show off the mobility and scrambling ability that helped him get drafted out of North Dakota State? While many will want to see if he can make NFL throws, he was able to score 41 rushing touchdowns in college.

If Stick can be a dual-threat quarterback at the professional level, there would even be a chance that the Chargers could create a special package of plays for him during his rookie season. Of course, that would require them to make three quarterbacks active on game days, something teams don’t generally do.

He will be the most interesting player to keep tabs on Thursday night and likely for the rest of the preseason.

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